Definition of


  1. (noun, cognition) insipid intellectual nourishment
  2. (noun, food) any substance that can be used as food

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Synonyms of Pabulum

comestible, eatable, edible, victual, victuals

Alternate forms of Pabulum

Hyponyms: tuck

Hypernyms: food, food for thought, intellectual nourishment, nutrient

Origin of the word Pabulum

  1. "food," 1678, from L. pabulum "fodder, food," from PIE base *pa- "to protect, feed" (see food) + instrumentive suffix *-dhlom. Pablum (1932), derived from this, is a trademark (Mead Johnson & Co.) for a soft, bland cereal used as a food for weak and invalid people, hence fig. use (attested from 1970, first by U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew) in ref. … more

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